Saturday, April 27, 2013

BBC News - Swansea measles: 2,500 receive MMR jab at drop-in clinics

BBC News - Swansea measles: 2,500 receive MMR jab at drop-in clinics: "Swansea measles: 2,500 receive MMR jab at drop-in clinics"

Health board officials welcomed the high turnout at sessions in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.

The figure includes 570 people who received jabs at the first clinic to be held in Llanelli, Camarthenshire.

More than 940 measles cases have been confirmed with 83 people needing hospital treatment.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABM), which covers the Swansea area, plans more evening drop-in clinics during the coming week.
The number of cases in the epidemic which began last November could pass 1,000 over the weekend if current trends continue.

Dr Sara Hayes, ABM Director of Public Health, said they were really pleased to see so many people attending the clinics on Saturday.

"By having your MMR you are not only protecting yourself from a horrible virus, but others such as very young babies and people who are vulnerable because they are having treatment for conditions like cancer.

  • Wednesday 1 May: Neath Port Talbot Hospital, 17:30 to 20:30 BST
  • Thursday 2 May: Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, 18:00 to 21:00 BST
  • Thursday 2 May: Morriston Hospital, Swansea, 18:00 to 21:00 BST